There is totally no disgrace in Edward’s Starbucks ordering game.
Drinking in his newfound fame since his Venti Caramel Crunch Frappe with 5 bananas, seven pumps of caramel syrup, further whip and extra went viral final week, legendary Starbucks buyer “Edward” doesn’t see something flawed with making baristas whip up his tremendous particular specialty drink — despite the fact that the barista who posted his outlandish order on-line as a joke acquired fired from the café.
“I don’t see a reason why I wouldn’t order a drink like this again,” Edward Nagao-Itano advised The Post of the $14 beverage. (He used 150 of his 1,500 Starbucks buyer reward factors to purchase it May 1.)
“I just ordered another drink just like it yesterday.”
Edward, 31, unwittingly discovered himself in scorching water final Monday after ex-Starbucks worker Josie Morales, 22, shared a Twitter snapshot of his complicated espresso concoction, that includes 13 sugary components.
His crazy cup of joe instructions despatched social media to its boiling level.
With over 335,000 likes, baristas and allies used Morales’ since-deleted tweet to demand the top of a TikTok trend that encourages Starbucks customers to order intricate customized coffees from the model’s “secret menu.”
Like Edward’s busy brew, patrons who’ve taken their cues from the digital platform have ordered detailed and time-consuming blends just like the “Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino” and the “Matcha Pink Drink.”
“Making drinks like these can be really stressful for baristas,” Morales advised The Post. “Especially when managers want us to have each drink prepared for the customer in seconds.”
But Starbucks defended their clients’ proper to request the labor-intensive libations, telling Fox News: “Customizing beverages at Starbucks and our baristas’ expertise in helping customers find and craft the right beverage has and always will be the heart of the Starbucks experience.”
“There are many ways for customers to modify their favorite beverage at Starbucks and most customizations are reasonable requests from customers,” a spokesperson added.
Morales was instantly terminated from his two-year time period as a Starbucks barista in Los Angeles after his image of Edward’s order went viral.
But, in an surprising flip of occasions, the fellows have develop into buddies.
“Once I was made aware that my order had gone viral,” Edward, a undertaking supervisor and residential well being care support, stated, “I found Josie on Instagram and reached out to make sure he didn’t get into any trouble for posting it.”
Instead of taking offense to being outed as a persnickety Starbucks sipper, Edward stated he noticed Morales’ tweet as nothing greater than a lighthearted joke.
“I wanted to let him know that he didn’t do anything wrong,” he added. “It’s definitely an order people could find funny.”
And Morales says Edward’s multi-step combination wasn’t even probably the most convoluted process he was compelled to sort out throughout his tenure behind the espresso bar.
“Last year, a customer ordered 26 drinks at once,” the previous Starbucks staffer stated. “And at least half of them came with all these crazy customizations and demands.”
“It took me over 10 minutes to make them all just right.”
Edward — who doesn’t have a TikTok, and had no clue in regards to the Starbucks secret menu pattern — is sympathetic to the baristas’ plight.
And he needs different creatively demanding drinkers to think about the coffee-makers’ exhausting work and efforts, too.
“It’s fine to keep ordering these speciality drinks from Starbucks,” Edward stated, noting that he solely permits himself the tremendous candy deal with each every so often.
“As long as you take care of the people who make the drinks by giving them a decent tip, then everyone should be happy.”